People's stories of struggle and solidarity. Learn about initiatives worldwide that are making a difference.

Water for all in Cameroon

Father Ludwik S. is a long standing correspondent of the Forum. He has lived in the North of Cameroon for several years. For him, water is the most basic need for human dignity. He has written a testimonial and has asked secondary-school teacher, Jean-Paul B., to write one also on access to water. Cameroon's government have completely forgotten... Read more
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Defending and protecting oneself against violence

For 7 years, Anne R. has been present in this shanty-town area of Manilla, in the Philippines. She’s always known around 20 families here, living under one of the sides of the bridge near her home, whose houses are threatened with demolition.   During the demolition, initially, it’s each man for himself. Everyone tries as best... Read more
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They were people who had a lot of dignity

I think for a volunteer it's particularly important to have personal contact with poor and socially excluded people. Solidarity means not only to help from an economical point of view but also to respect each other as citizens. Citizens who have equal rights in a democratic world.  I've had first hand experience with people living on the... Read more
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If you want to be useful, help me to set up a research institute.

Mrs Alwine de Vos van Steenwijk passed away peacefully on the 24th of January. She had given her strength without hesitation to build the MovementATD Fourth World. At the end of the 50s, when Mrs de Vos was a diplomat in Paris for her country, the Netherlands, she heard about Fr. Joseph Wresinski and his fight alongside the families in the... Read more
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Operación Mato Grosso

Operación Mato Grosso is a movement composed principally of young Italians who give their time to help the very poor in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia. Already in the 70s, the first missionaries started heading for the remote villages in the Peruvian Andes where nowadays art-based learning activities using wood, stone and fabrics are organised... Read more
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